Breaking News: Okonjo-Iweala’s mother released

PROF. Kanene Okonjo,  mother of the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Five days after her abduction, the mother of the Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Prof. Kamene Okonjo, 82 has regained her freedom.

A Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister,  Paul Nwachukwu confirmed in a statement that the minster’s mother was released this morning.

The statement reads in full:

“I can confirm that Professor Mrs Kamene Okonjo, wife of the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Professor Chukuka Okonjo and mother of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy/Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was released this morning, five days after her abduction.

“The Okonjo Family is full of thanks to the Almighty for this happy development.

“The family is also highly appreciative of the support and encouragement of President Goodluck Jonathan;  the Country’s security services for their excellent operations; Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta, Peter Obi of Anambra, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and other Governors as well other friends and well-wishers within and outside government for their prayers and 
encouragement during a very difficult period. “

On Sunday night, eight gunmen invaded the palace of Prof. Chukuka Okonjo who is the traditional ruler of Ogwashi-Uku in Delta state and kidnapped his wife, Mrs Kamena Okonjo, the mother of the Minister of Finance.

Since then Police and other security agencies have launched a massive manhunt for the kidnappers with several people reportedly arrested in connection with the abduction.

Our correspondent reports that kidnapping of important personalities in exchange for a huge ransom is a big business in the Niger-Delta axis of Nigeria.

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